Up next on NEWS-7 at SIX:
The case of a 16-year old killer is "no contest."
And if the future of public education is year 'round, the future is NOW.
We'll visit a Danville school that has already eliminated summer vacation.
Tonight in sports, two major leaguers get ready to take the field for the
Salem Avalanche tonight, the California Angels have a new manager,
and Dot Bolling has the lead after the first round of the 54 hole women's
city county golf championship.
More scattered showers dot the forcast map for tomorrrow, and the heat
indices will rise once again as well, so get used to the sticky forecast. It's
coming your way in just a few minutes.
A 16 year- old boy from Wytheville has pled no contest to charges stemming
from the killing of Wythe County sheriff's deputy Clifford Dicker.
Christopher Shawn Wheeler was tried as an adult.
He now faces a maximum sentence of 42 years in prison.
Wheeler shot Dicker when the deputy showed up at his house to arrest him.
Wheeler has been held at a juvenile detention center since the shooting in
December of 1994, but today the judge ordered him to jail.
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: ONE THING I'M GLAD ABOUT IS THE JUDGE TODAY HAS
SENT HIM TO ANOTHER COUNTY, AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE TAXPAYERS WILL NOT BE
PAYING AN ADDITIONAL FEE TO HOLD HIM IN A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER. ))
OUT Q=detention center.
Wheeler pled no contest to second degree murder and using a firearm to
commit a felony.
He'll be sentenced in October.
The man accused of murdering a Vinton family two years ago will likely get a
pair of court appointed attorneys.
54- year- old Earl Bramblett was in Roanoke County court this morning for
the first time since his arrest in Spartanburg, South Carolina last week.
In August of 1994, Blaine Hodges, his wife Teresa, and their two daughters
were found dead inside their burning home.
But it was discovered that three of them had been shot before the fire.
Teresa Hodges had been strangled.
Judge G- O Clemens said that because Bramblett is charged with CAPITAL
murder, he will probably assign two defense lawyers to the case.
Meanwhile, the prosecution is ready for trial right now.
IN Q=I'm ready
((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I'M READY TO GO TOMORROW
IF NECESSARY. WE ALWAYS HOPE NEW THINGS BECOME AVAILABLE, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.
BUT AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED-- NOTHING ELSE... WE'RE READY AS SOON AS THE JUDGE
GIVES A TRIAL DATE. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attny.;
OUT Q=trial date
Bramblett has been the only suspect in the killings.
Aside from Capital murder... Bramblett faces three counts of first degree
murder... plus firearms and arson charges.
A trip home from the Olympics took an unfortunate turn in Botetourt County
49- year- old Jaynee Carolus of Lewistown, Pennsylvania was driving along
I- 81 north of Troutville at around 11.
State police believe Carolus fell asleep, ran off the road and overturned
All four people in the vehicle were injured --a 14- year- old was the most
He suffered broken bones and was airlifted to R-M-H.
Carolus was charged with failing to maintain control of her vehicle.
Authorities say a doctor also travelling home from the Olympics stopped to
help with rescue efforts.
A 32-year-old Floyd County man is dead-- after contracting a form of
As a precaution, the health department is consulting with his family
members and co-workers at Cross Creek Apparel.
Bacterial meningitis is spread by direct contact with a carrier-- the risk
is very low.
--Stiff neck & back
School systems around the state will be keeping a close eye on the
An elementary school in Danville is among the first public schools in the
state to offer "year round" schooling.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the pilot program.
IN Q=It may have
SUPER=01-Libby Spainhour/School Board Chairman; :33
SUPER=01-Lewis Adkins/Student; :55 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Melody Ferrell/Student; 1:02
SUPER=01-Ralph Warren/Assistant Superintendent; 1:10
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( It may have been the first day of school, but teachers wasted little time
getting back to the three R's.
IN Q=Seven, eight
((NAT SOUND:SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN. ))
OUT Q=nine, ten.
Lessons, like this one, will now be offered year round at Schoolfield
The way the programs works is fairly simple.
Students are required to attend school 180- days a year, like any other
But instead of taking an extended summer vacation.
Students at Schoolfield are offered time off in 15- day increments, four
times a year.
IN Q=I think
((LIBBY SPAINHOUR/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN:I THINK THE BIG PLUS THAT I SEE IS NOT
HAVING THAT TIME IN BETWEEN WHERE YOU'VE GOT SO MUCH TIME THAT THEY'RE LOOSING.
YOU KNOW, I THINK KIDS TEND TO FORGET AND I WISH MY OWN CHILDREN WOULD'VE HAD
OUT Q=this opportunity.
Year round schooling has other benefits.
The program is designed so that students may spend a portion of their
vacation in the classroom-- either brushing up on their skills or studying
IN Q=I'm very
((LEWIS ADKINS/STUDENT:I'M VERY EXCITED, IT'S BEEN FUN SO FAR AND I HOPE IT'S
LIKE THIS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.))
OUT Q=of the year.
((WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK ABOUT YEAR ROUND SCHOOL?
MELODY FERRELL/STUDENT:THEY THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. ))
IN Q=We did allow
((RALPH WARREN:WE DID ALLOW AN OPTION TO CHOOSE OUT OF THIS SCHOOL TO ANY OTHER
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT, AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROGRAM, SO THAT IF
IT DIDN'T MEET PARENTS NEEDS, AS FAR AS THE PARENTS WERE CONCERNED THEY HAD A
OUT Q=had a choice.
In fact, only 17- students, out of about 550, opted to attend another school.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six-
Virginia's tobacco crop is threatened again,
And we'll tell you why an atomic bomb blast in 1946 is causing ripples in
this year's U-S Senate race.
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An atomic blast from the past is creeping into Senator John Warner's
campaign for re-election.
"Atomic veterans" are the one constituency group Warner admits he failed.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=John Warner
SUPER=03-Stuarts Draft; :00
SUPER=01-Jack Collins/Atomic Veteran; :37
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.
(( John Warner served in combat, is a former Navy secretary, and is the
second ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
nat sot blast
In 1984, Warner sponsored a law that prevents U.S. military personnel
exposed to radiation from suing.
sot TAPE ONE 03:21:34
((SENATOR JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: UH THIS IS AN ISOLATED CASE. AND I
INDICATED I MADE A MISTAKE. AND SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO STAND RIGHT UP AND LOOK
'EM IN THE EYE AND SAY YOU MADE A MISTAKE.))
Jack Collins of Roanoke served aboard the USS Fall River near Bikini Atoll
sot 01:29:58 TAPE ONE
((JACK COLLINS/ATOMIC VETERAN: IN FACT, IT WASN'T LONG AFTER THE BLAST WENT
OFF AND THE SHIP WENT BACK INTO THE LAGOON, AND WE WENT OVER THERE ON THE BEACH
AND WENT SWIMMING IN THE WATER.))
sot 01:35:18 TAPE ONE
((JACK COLLINS/ATOMIC VETERAN: IT SEEMED THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW ANY BETTER AND
TRUSTED THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF US. AND IT DIDN'T SEEM TO MATTER.))
Collins thinks hearing and vision problems, the loss of all his teeth at age
24, two heart attacks, and a cleft palate on his granddaughter may all be
related to radiation.
sot TAPE ONE 03:21:44
((BY AND LARGE THAT CLASS OF VETERANS ASSOCIATED WITH INJURIES OR SICKNESS
TODAY WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY RADIATION -- THEY'RE BEING CARED FOR.))
Some atomic veterans tell News 7 they despise Warner.
Jack Collins doesn't.
sot TAPE TWO 01:50:38
((I'M A DEMOCRAT AND I HAVE VOTED FOR JOHN WARNER. AND I THINK THAT HE'S LIKE
I SAY A MAN'S MAN.))
Warner has failed to overturn his law.
Until this week, Republican ally Bob Dole called for more legal relief for
the atomic veterans on his computer web site.
As Democrat Mark Warner reminds veterans of the issue, all references on
Dole's site have been dropped.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.))
For the second straight day,
Lynchburg has played host to another statewide political candidate.
Democratic Senate hopeful Mark Warner stopped in the Hill City today,
talking with community leaders and children at the Yoder Recreation Center.
Yesterday, Republican Senator John Warner was in town to visit the Ericsson
MARK Warner says high- tech businesses are important, but so are children.
IN Q=We need both
((MARK WARNER/D- SENATE CANDIDATE: WE NEED BOTH. WE NEED TO BRING TECHNOLOGY-
BASED JOBS TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY HERE, THE WHOLE REGION 2000 AREA. I THINK
NOBODY'S BETTER EQUIPPED TO DO THAT THAN I AM. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE
WORKFORCE THAT'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO WORK AT ERICSSON, WE NEED TO START WITH
THESE KIDS HERE.))
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Senate Candidate; :00
OUT Q=these kids here.
Warner has promised to visit every locality in Virginia before Labor Day.
Lynchburg was stop number 82 on the tour.
Last week's strong opening at the Danville Tobacco market will be dampened
by the news coming from southwest Virginia growers.
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Blue mold disease is spreading throughout their burley tobacco crop.
Extension agents say wet weather has allowed the fungus disease to damage a
significant amount of tobacco in Scott, Washington and Russell
The airborne blue mold spores can travel more than a dozen miles a day,
depending on wind conditions.
American Electric Power says it has more evidence that its proposed power
line is needed.
A-E-P cites a Department of Energy report on the recent Western blackout.
It includes a section that says the delays in getting the line approved
threatens the electric system reliability in the east- central United States.
A-E-P first applied for permits to build the line from West Virginia to
Botetourt County five years ago.
Power line opponents say they have not seen the D-O-E report.
Investors looking to taking advantage of some bargains helped push the stock
market higher today.
The DOW was UP nearly 22 points, closing at 56-hundred-96.
Nasdaq climbed eight points.
A central Virginia company is celebrating its share of a multi- billion
dollar contract from the United States Department of Energy.
Babcock and Wilcox took part in the winning bid to clean up nuclear weapon
facilities in Washington state and in South Carolina.
B & W's share of the contract amounts to more than 240 million dollars.
IN Q=This doesn't
((KEITH WING/B&W MANAGER: THIS DOESN'T MEAN A LOT OF JOBS ARE COMING INTO
LYNCHBURG, BUT WHAT IT MEANS IS WE'RE GROWING NEW BUSINESS OUT OF OUR
HEADQUARTERS HERE IN LYNCHBURG, AND IT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARD
STABILIZATION OF OUR EMPLOYMENT HERE, AS WELL AS USE THIS AS EXPERIENCE THAT WE
CAN LEVERAGE IN THE FUTURE FOR NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.))
SUPER=01-Keith Wing/B&W Manager; :00
OUT Q=new business opportunities.
B & W is the sole supplier of nuclear fuel to the United States Navy.
It also has become involved in the decommissioning of nuclear reactors
across the country.
51 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, some central
Virginia activists are hitting the road to promote world peace.
About a dozen people are taking part in a five- day, 165- mile trek from
Appomattox to Yorktown.
The two sites symbolize the end of the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.
This year's pilgrimage is designed to promote non- violence as a family
IN Q=I think with
((JAMES FORD/PEACE WALKER: I THINK WITH ALL THE VIOLENCE WE SEE IN OUR
COMMUNITIES AND WHATNOT, I THINK A LOT OF IT GETS STARTED AS KIDS GROWING UP,
SEEING ABUSE IN THEIR FAMILIES, SPOUSAL ABUSE OR CHILD ABUSE.))
((HENRY HELLER/PEACE WALKER: WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT VIOLENCE ALL THE TIME ON THE
NEWS, THAT'S ALL WE HEAR..SO MUCH VIOLENCE AND BOMBINGS AND MORE, AND TO BRING
THIS MESSAGE IS SOMETHING THAT WE THINK IS NEEDED.))
SUPER=01-James Ford/Peace Walker; :00
SUPER=01-Henry Heller/Peace Walker; :14
OUT Q=we think is needed.
This is the tenth year the peace walk has been held.
A week- long celebration is planned in the Star City, in honor of Roanoke's
fifth All America City award.
Today city officials, along with some day care students, announced a lineup
of open houses and festivities beginning next Wednesday.
Vice Mayor Linda Wyatt says Roanoke's people are the reason it's won the
coveted award so many times.
IN Q=We have citizens
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR: WE HAVE CITIZENS WHO REFUSED TO SEE
JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL TORN DOWN, WHO WORKED TOGETHER TO MAKE THE TRASH STATION
AN IMPROVEMENT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, NOT A DETERRENT, AND WHO BELIEVED THE HOTEL
ROANOKE WAS WORTH SAVING AND WORKED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. ))
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice Mayor;
OUT Q=to make it happen
The grand finale of All America City Week will be Saturday, August 17th
The ceremony will feature the All America City presentation, music,
dancing, story telling and more.
Coming up tonight in sports, first round results from the women's City-County
golf championship, The California Angels have a new skipper,
and because of this bad break in June, Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry
Walker is in salem tonight continuing his rehab back to the big leagues.
If you've been waiting for just the right time to check out the Salem
Avalanche this season, tonight is the night.
Not one, but two major leaguers are will be in the Salem lineup tonight.
Steve Mason has more on Larry Walker and David Neid.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
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SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Salem Avalanche Manager; :18
SUPER=01-Billy Champion/Avalanche Pitching Coach; :45
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
The California Angels have made a managerial change today.
Current skipper Marcel Lachemann resigned his post earlier this afternoon.
IN Q="This decision...
((MARCEL LACHEMANN/RESIGNS AS ANGELS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Marcel Lachemann/Resigns as Angels Manager; :00
OUT Q=...NOT WORKING."
Lachemann is being replaced by former Angels manager John McNamara for the
rest of this season.
Last month his brother Rene was fired as manager of the Florida Marlins.
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In action this afternoon in Chicago, a fire at one of the houses out on
Waidland Avenue in beyond the Wrigley Field outfield had the attention of fans
and players for awhile.
But the Cubs would get great pitching from Jaime Navarro, and timely hitting
from Mark Grace as his single in the first chases home Scott Bullet with the
eventual game winning run
as the Cubs beat the Mets 3-to-nothing despite this outstanding play at short
by the Mets Rey Ordonez.
GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S CITY COUNTY
The first round of the three day women's city county golf championship is in
the books, and not surprisingly, defending champ Dot Bolling has the lead after
the first eighteen.
Playing on her home course at Hidden Valley today, the recent State Amateur
runner-up went out and shot a 74 to take a four shot lead over Nancy Shuck.
Bolling's playing partners also had their moments today as Blue Hills brenda
Harvey drains the long putt to save par on 15. Brenda shot an 83.
Kathy Hull, the third member of the group also shot an 83 on a very hot and
But the folks at Hidden Valley didn't install this fan just to keep the
The 13th green is located in a part of the course that get a lot of air flow,
and the fan helps stir the air and prevent disease from settling in on the
SS=hold city county
The tournament shifts to Ole Monterey tomorrow, and Valeeta PIttman and
Marilyn Bussey are both still in the hunt after shooting rounds 80 today to tie
The New York Knicks cleaned up in the June collegiate draft, and today they
made good on their promise to keep all three of their prized signees, but
inking them all to contracts.
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Kentucky's Walter McCarty, Syracuse's John Wallace, and Mississippi's Dontae
Jones each signed three year contracts worth around a total of $2 and a half
The interesting thing is that Wallace, the lowest pick of the three will
receive the most money with his $2 point 8 million dollar deal.
The University of Virginia men's basketball team is still without Harold
Deane following yesterday's sentencing of the star guard.
Deane was convicted yesterday of trespassing and resisting arrest.
He was given two 30 day suspended jail sentences for the misdemeanors, but
declined comment while leaving court.
Deane is still on scholarship and could return some time this season, but he
will not accompany the team on its upcoming trip to Europe.
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